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January 25, 1999

The Buckeyes are coming off a 146-85 win over Cincinnati, their last home meet of a two home week stand before a trip to State College, Pa. this weekend. There, Ohio State squares off against Big Ten rivals Penn State on Fri. and Iowa on Sat.

LAST YEAR AGAINST PENN STATE/IOWA

The Buckeyes defeated Northwestern, Penn State and Iowa on Jan. 30 and 31 in Columbus, picking up their first three wins in Big Ten action and extending their winning streak to seven consecutive meets. Ohio State took first place in 11 of 17 races and won both diving contests. Pacing the team were Brian Malich, Cameron Mull, Marko Strahija and Mike McIntyre. While the Buckeyes set four pool records, a total of seven records were broken during the meet.

BUCKEYES REMAIN IN THE 21 SPOT

In the latest Top 25 Swimming Poll by Speedo, the Buckeyes remain unmoved from their 21st spot. Stanford remains atop the poll, with Michigan in the nine spot and Minnesota tied for tenth. The complete poll is as follows:

1. Stanford 300 2. Texas 273 3. Auburn 268 4. USC 262 5. Arizona 246 6. Georgia 239 7. Tennessee 231 8. California 215 9. Michigan 190 10. ASU 175 10. Minnesota 175 12. Florida 141 13. Texas A&M 135 14. UNC 133 15. Nebraska 121 16. Florida State 117 17. SMU 96 18. Virginia 90 19. LSU 84 20. Harvard 70 21. Ohio State 55 22. Iowa State 38 23. Miami (FL) 28 23. Kansas 28 25. Purdue 27 Also receiving votes: South Carolina, Hawaii, Princeton, NC State, BYU, Penn State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, UNLV, NELA, Indiana, Wisconsin, Fl. Atlantic, Utah, TCU, Cincinnati

FILLMANN DIVER OF THE WEEK

Diver Ryan Fillmann has been named the Big Tens Diver of the Week after helping the Buckeyes defeat Kenyon College. He swept both the one and three meter dives with season high scores before posting a new season high over the weekend against Cincinnati in the one meter. He recorded a 284.40 in the one meter and a 361.20 in the three meter.

BUCKEYES BACK HOME FOR FEBRUARY

Ohio State returns home on Feb. 5-6 for a pair of coed meets, the last before heading into the Big Ten Championships the following weekend. On Fri., the Buckeyes host Syracuse at 6:00 p.m. and the following day Pittsburgh at 1:00 p.m. The team then trains until Feb. 25, when it travels to Indiana, host of the Big Ten Championships.